The 2020 season was supposed to be the last year that St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina played before calling it a career in Major League Baseball. But then the COVID-19 crisis put everyone’s plans on hold, and the career-long Cardinal decided he was going to play beyond this summer and fall, maybe even for another team.
A defensive star who has earned nine Gold Gloves for his work behind the plate, Molina is also just 37 hits away from 2000 for his career. He has also been a key to the Cardinals winning four National League pennants and two World Series titles in 16 big league seasons. When ESPN’s Marly Rivera caught up with the All-Star receiver, she wanted to discuss not just his goals for the future, but his sense of his achievements — and whether they might carry him to Cooperstown someday.
Do you think that we’ll have a season this year?
Yadier Molina: I believe so. I think we’re going to play. I’m optimistic that we will have a season. But health is first and foremost, and the safety of everyone, of all employees, of all the fans. But yes, I feel optimistic…